Right from the tip off, both teams were alert and ready. As Newbridge began to press high up the pitch, defenders Katie Sutton, Sophie Gillot, Orla May Culhane, Aoife Mahon and Laura Smith did extremely well to clear any threatening shots on goal and keep the home team at bay. With Susannah Doyle, Aoife Mernagh and Ciara Kelly working hard in mid field, they created some great opportunities for forwards Hannah Sweeney, Elaine Quigley and Niamh Ogilvie but unfortunately none of these were converted, keeping the scores level going into the second half.
With a few positional changes Eimear Doyle (6th class), Rianna Hourihane and Emer Doyle (1st year) were introduced to the game. Play swung from end to end with some near misses for both teams and so full time score was 0-0.
In extra time, the girls showed amazing determination and heart and did not let an excellent Newbridge attack faze them. The game ended scoreless and it has been agreed by both Enniscorthy and Newbridge coaches that a replay will be scheduled for March 15th to decide which team will go through to the semi finals of the West Leinster League.
It was an outstanding performance by two evenly matched teams and the standard of hockey on display last Sunday was undisputedly top notch. The Enniscorthy girls put in a magnificent performance against a very strong 2nd year Newbridge side. Every Enniscorthy player put their heart and soul into this thrilling match and it was by far the best performance of the season!
Enniscorthy Squad: Katie Sutton, Sophie Gillot, Aoife Mahon, Orla May Culhane, Laura Smith, Susannah Doyle, Aoife Mernagh, Ciara Kelly, Eimear Doyle, Elaine Quigley, Hannah Sweeney, Niamh Ogilvie, Rianna Hourihane, Emer Doyle